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'Fascination for rainforest tribes.'

John Lie A Fo is particularly interested in the traditional cultures of the indigenous peoples and the maroons and has in fact done quite a bit of research on the subject. In his art he incorporates several elements from these traditional cultures, but he is especially fascinated by the unique balance between the natural and the spiritual World in these traditional communities. Rituals and all related traditional implements and artifacts from the Indigenous - and the Maroon tribes are the main theme in the majority of his art. The style is usually abstract and the execution impulsive, sometimes even appearing almost childlike, but the compositions always have a profound and powerful effect.

He paints on canvas and on paper with acrylic paint and other multimedia techniques, primarily of the spiritual rites of the maroon communities in the interior of Suriname. Bottles, snakes, sculptures and other spiritual objects and artifacts, tell the magical stories of a World where natural and the spiritual aspects are undeniably interwoven. Not only the traditional cultures of his tropical surroundings keep John Lie A Fo occupied however, but also its beautiful nature has his special attention. The precarious relationship between man and nature is often also portrayed in his art.



Exhibitions:
2017 Solo exhibition "Kumbat'tey", Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2015 Opening exhibition new location Readytex Art Gallery, Paramaribo, Suriname
2014 WAT, RAG group exhibition in De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
2014 In memoriam Wim Vromans, Galerie Peter Bax, Sneek, Holland
2013 Exhibition 20 years Readytex Art Gallery, De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
2013 Guyanese>Pigments, Habitation Clement, Martinique
2012 Solo exhibition "Retrospective", Camp de la Transportation Saint-Laurent du Maroni, French Guiana
2012 National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname
2012 Reavealing our stored treasures, RAG in De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
2011 National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname
2011 Galerie l' Encadrier, Cayenne, French Guiana
2011 "De Wereld Van...", Artlease/Contemporary Art, Utrecht, Holland
2010 National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname
2010 Kunst is kracht, Readytex Art Gallery in De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname





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John Lie-A-Fo

TNF December 7th 2017 "Special Gift Edition"
‘Beastly’ Thursday-Night-Feature of October
Solo Exhibition of John Lie A Fo "Kumbat'tey"
Readytex Art Gallery verhuisd
Mini feature: What do you choose for?
Mini feature John Lie-A-Fo
Readytex Art Gallery at NK ‘09
"Commonalities" Group exhibit at IVCC
Open house 2005


Date of birth:
15 june 1945

Birth place:
Suriname, Paramaribo

Education:
Koninklijke academie voor Schone Kunsten-Antwerpen, Belgie
Vrije Academie, Den Haag, Nederland



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